Atomic bomb destruction in Japan
Date:Released: 04 October 1945 Atom bomb damage in Hiroshima, Nagaski, and Tokyo during World War II (Caption:Atomic bomb destruction in Japan)
Atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan by United States during World War II. Aerial view of the mushroom cloud resulting from atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki. Clouds around the smoke.
Views from inside the B-29 "Bockscar" as it drops the "fat boy" atomic bomb on Nagasaki, on August 9, 1945. Photographed through the waist gunner's window. Bright sunny day with fair weather cumulus clouds. Static eliminators are seen on trailing edge of aircraft's wing. Mushroom cloud seen at various angles as the B-29 "Bockscar" (sometimes called "Bock's Car" or "Bocks Car") flies by. (World War II period). Location: Nagasaki Japan. Date: August 9, 1945.
Aerial view of atomic bomb explosion over Nagasaki during World War 2. View of the explosion as seen from U.S. aircraft. Cloud gradually growing taller and wider with huge column of smoke rising up. Formation of mushroom cloud with heavy column of smoke. Location: Nagasaki Japan. Date: August 9, 1945.
【第二次世界大戦】US B-29 bomber drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki, 9 August 1945
FILE: Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving member of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the closing days of the second world war has died Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at a retirement home in Georgia at age 93. Van Kirk was the navigator on the flight that dropped the first nuclear bomb used in warfare. He later told reporters that after seeing one atomic bomb explode in war, he never wanted to see another one used again. But he defended the use of the bomb, describing it as the lesser of two evils when compared to the continued aerial assault of the Japanese main islands and a planned U.S. invasion. "The bomb really saved lives, in spite of the tremendous number of casualties in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because the destruction that would have been caused in Japan otherwise would have been tremendous," he said in an oral history for Georgia Public Broadcasting. The U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, carrying 12 crew members, dropped the atomic bomb, nicknamed "Little Boy", on Hiroshima in the closing days of World War Two. The death toll from the blast by the end of the year was estimated at about 140,000, out of the total of 350,000 who lived there at the time. Three days after the Hiroshima bombing, the United States dropped an atomic bomb nicknamed "Fat Man" on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945, bringing World War Two to an end. Pennsylvania-born Van Kirk flew missions in Europe during the war and visited Nagasaki in the aftermath of the atomic blast there. He studied chemical engineering after the war and became an executive with DuPont. He said the Hiroshima mission was relatively easy, with no anti-aircraft fire coming from the ground. The big worry was whether the plane would blow up after the bomb detonated, he told Georgia Public Broadcasting. He said that 43 seconds after the bomb was dropped, he saw a flash from the blast. A shockwave then came and shook the aircraft. Officials at the Park Springs Retirement Community in Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta, confirmed his death, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Local broadcasters also quoted his son as confirming the death. A funeral for Van Kirk is planned for Aug. 5 in his hometown of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, the paper said. (Caption:FILE: Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving member of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the closing days of the second world war has died)